A client taking amantadine complains of depression and dizziness. What intervention will the nurse perform first?
A) Evaluate the client for other central nervous system effects from the medication.
B) Order a consult for counseling.
C) Take the client’s blood pressure sitting and standing.
D) Call the health care provider.
The side effects and adverse reactions to amantadine include central nervous system effects, such as insomnia, depression, anxiety, confusion, and ataxia; orthostatic hypotension; neurologic problems, such as weakness, dizziness, and slurred speech; and gastrointestinal disturbances, such as anorexia, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The nurse should evaluate the client for orthostatic hypotension first to address safety issues.